Pay It Forward

Have you ever had the chance to see the movie Pay it Forward starring Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Kevin Spacey?

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It very impactful, heart-wrenching movie based on the principle that the actions of one person can start a chain event that can change the world.

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It’s a principle I’ve always admired, so when I read the post at How Joyful about applying this principle to the blogosphere I immediately wanted to join in on the action 🙂

The way it works is…

1. I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 people to comment.

2. I have 365 days in which to send you the gift.

3. The gift will be a total surprise.

4. You keep this going by posting Pay It Forward on your blog (obviously, you must have an active blog to participate).

To participate, just let me know when you plan to post the Pay it Forward on your blog.

Here’s the chain that I’m descending from for as far back as I could trace 🙂

How Joyful

Kimberly Michelle

lilygrass

Sandy a la Mode

Happy Serendipity

Slipcover Your Life

PWC: Post Wedding Chop

With the wedding just 11 days away I am already planning for my post wedding hair cut. I want to get it done the following Friday because I want to use my trusted hair lady at least one more time before the move.

Since I have the natural wave, I want to get a cut that isn’t too short and can be worn both curly and straight. I’ve found a definite style I like and now I will show you a few celebs who sport it well 🙂

Reese:

Charlize:

Rachel:

Jessica:

Aren’t these girls so cute with their medium length curls? Did anyone else do the PWC?

Home Decor Inspiration: Round One

Since I’ve dropped the bomb about the house now I can start sharing my specific decoration plans and inspirations 🙂

Today I discovered the lovely blog  The Boardwalk Blotter that has all these great diy home decor clippings from other websites. That started me on a whirlwind of goodness 🙂

We are going to have this amazing tree in our back yard that we will be hanging some sort of wooden swing from. There are also a couple rose bushes and a fig tree so I want to install something like this gorgeous bird rest…

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And this lovely ceiling really wants me to do the tissue paper finish on one of our walls. Maybe in our green bathroom since that’s the first project we will be starting…

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And lastly… I found this gorgeous vintage flocked wallpaper from Etsy shop Birds Nests & Paper. It is so beautiful but is cut down to 7×10 sheets so I want to make a nice piece of wall art out of it.

The flocked yellow is set on a gorgeous metallic silvery champagne background and since our kitchen is already yellow and will have red accents I want to mount this paper on canvas and arrange it like this…

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Stay tune for more ideas 🙂

The Hair Trial

When I first started considering wedding hair styles, I knew I needed my hair to be curly (that’s how Luke likes it *smile*) but it would be best pulled up b/c of the summer heat. I went back and forth on different looks but it wasn’t until I saw the series finale episode {The Past Presents The Future} of Ugly Betty and saw her hair at Hilda’s Wedding that I knew…

I wanted the curly side bun 🙂 I wanted to make sure it showed when you looked at me face on but that it wasn’t so far over that I looked like Princess Leia O_O

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So I armed myself with inspiration photos

and headed to my usual hair lady with my natural air dried hair…

75 minutes and $28 later, this is the beautiful do I got 😀

And don’t you just love the birdcage veil and fastener I made for 13 bucks? I’m in love with my hair and am so excited to see everything put together in just 5 weeks 😀

Booking the Baker: Honey’s Cakes

It’s official we have booked our wedding cake! 🙂

And as you probably guessed from my raving review… we went with Honey’s Cakes by Nancy Cortez

And I present to you the sketch of our beautiful cake design…

If you notice there are a few minor changes to the overall design. For instance we have decided to go with a 4-tier 140 pcs wedding cake. Therefore we have removed the tier with the bow. It will consist of a top 6″ tier of banana and cream cheese filling, followed by 8″ and 10″ tiers of Italian creme and raspberry mousse and the bottom 14″ tier with the ever delicious and amazing banana and cream cheese 🙂 I am dying to eat more of this cake!

Our groom’s cake will follow the original design except at the 80 pcs size and will be Luke’s favorite of chocolate with fresh strawberries and creme.

We will also have 2 matching sheet cakes one in the chocolate and strawberries & creme and the other in mandarin and pineapples & creme (that one’s for mom).

In total we got 420 pcs and could increase by another sheet cake once rsvp’s have come in…

And the grand total…

$800

at $1.90 a slice I’m happy b/c Nancy’s buttercream frosting is TO DIE FOR!!!

I’ve got labels!

Remember back when I decided that we were going to make faux Jones soda bottles for our table numbers and then we discovered they could double as tiki torches?

Well Luke is currently working on assembling the torches and I just finished designing the labels 🙂

and here’s the full suite for all 35 tables…

So what do ya’ll think? Do you think they’ll turn out as cool as I’ve envisioned?

Cake and a dandy little topper

So we went on 3 cake tastings yesterday. 2 were automatically out b/c their cake was not yummy and they weren’t comfortable making the style of cake we were wanting. But then we fell in love…

I give you….

Honey’s Cakes by Nancy Cortez

Her butter cream frosting was amazing! It was so light and delicious… and all her flavors were to scrumdidily umptious 🙂

Plus she can design like nobody’s business. She spent and hour and a half with us design an amazing 5 tier wedding cake that was a hybrid between these cakes….

We picked two tiers of banana and creme cheese, two of italian creme with raspberry mousse, and one with mandarin and pineapple filling for mom 🙂

Then we selected a grooms cake featuring chocolate with strawberries and creme that looks like the bottom two tiers of this one…

Add in two sheet cakes that will match each cake in design and flavor and we have all our cake for $900 with tax and delivery. We are so happy but we do have one more tasting on the 27th. At that point we will decide between the two and book before March.

Plus we finally found and bought our cake topper!

I was parousing through the premiere issue of Get Married magazine when I saw these adorable lovelies…

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Not only were they only $16 but they are salt & pepper shakers so they don’t even count as a wedding expense since we will use them at home later. Score! And if they are too noticable, I can always cover the holes with a little veil and top hat 😀

What cake finds have you guys had?